FS Jackson Leave Field In Tears
By Lance Epstein
Today was the first day of the Eagles mandatory organized team activities and it ended in horror.
The Eagles saw one of their prized free agents go down to injury and it looked bad. Free safety Marlin Jackson went down in a heap and left the field with tear in his eyes according to Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane, who attended the practice at the novaCare Complex.
Before the injury, Jackson had been lining up with the first team defense at safety during drills. However on a passing play, Jackson fell to the ground in the indoor practice bubble [rain moved the practice inside] and it went completely silent inside the facility.
Jackson was initially helped off the turf by teammates at the NovaCare complex, but eventually was able to walk under his own power. The Philadelphia Eagles have updated his situation and said that Jackson suffered a right ankle injury.
This is could be a giant relief for the Eagles since the injury could have been to his surgically repaired knees. The last two seasons, Jackson suffered two torn ACLs [ of both knees], which cost him significant amounts of playing time. The Eagles signed Jackson this off-season after his five-year stint with the Indianapolis Colts in hopes he could solve multiple problems in the secondary.
One of the main reasons the Eagles brought him into the fold is his versatility to play every secondary position at a high level [before his injury]. Also, his skills are good enough to be a starting caliber free safety, which was a huge need for the Eagles.
Still the Eagles have not commented on the severity of the injury, so it could still be very bad. Additionally, it is not good news when a player who is injury prone is again having issues avoiding injuries. While the Eagles do have a competent player in second-rounder Nate Allen and he has a bright future ahead of him, the Eagles might not want to start a rookie at free safety again after last season. Macho Harris was mediocre and struggled against elite teams.
Furthermore, at the team's previous OTA, starting right cornerback Ellis Hobbs was unable to make it through an entire practice. If both are not ready to go for week one, the team will be without half of its secondary before the season kicked off. Moreover, Jackson might be the Eagles backup plan is Hobbs fails.
Hopefully, Jackson will be fine and ready to go by training camp, but coming off the field in tears is never a good thing.
Other Injury News:
The Eagles also updated Todd Herremans condition. He has a sore left foot, which was the reason that Max Jean-Gilles started in his left guard position today. The injury is not considered serious.